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Astros down Dodgers for World Series crown

Astros down Dodgers for World Series crown
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November 02
08:082017

Los Angeles - The
Houston Astros, fueled by George Springer's record-equalling home run,
won a first World Series title on Wednesday with a 5-1 triumph over the Los
Angeles Dodgers.Springer belted his fifth home run of the series as the Astros
exploded for five runs in the first two innings off Dodgers starting
pitcher Yu Darvish.In a World Series that had featured dramatic swings of momentum and
breathtaking rallies, the Astros never let the Dodgers get back in the
game.They claimed their first Major League Baseball crown since their
inception in 1962, and credited the faith of fans wearied by Hurricane
Harvey and its aftermath with putting them over the top."I'm so happy to be a part of it," Springer said. "To bring a
championship back, to a city that desperately needed one, is a surreal
feeling."The Astros' four-games-to-three triumph denied the Dodgers a seventh
title and a first since their last appearance in the Fall Classic in
1988.With everything on the line and Darvish failing to get out of the
second inning for the second time in this Series, the Dodgers turned to
left-handed pitching ace Clayton Kershaw in the third inning.He kept the Dodgers in check over four solid innings, but Los
Angeles, who led the major leagues with 104 regular-season wins, just
couldn't put runs on the board.The Astros were already 3-0
up when Springer lofted a two-run homer to center field, making it 5-0
and chasing Darvish with two outs in the second."I remember my plan and my approach was to get something out over the
plate, get something I could drive," Springer said. "And I just
remember swinging and hearing the sound of the bat, and I knew it was a
good sound."And then I saw the flight of the ball. And I got to first base and I
rounded third, and got home and that's a crazy feeling. It's a very
surreal feeling because this is game seven. This is what you dream of as
a kid."Springer's five homers tied the World Series record held by Reggie
Jackson and Chase Utley and boosted him to World Series Most Valuable
Player honors."This is for my team-mates," Springer said of the award. "I wouldn't be here without any of you guys."It's an honour," he added, "but it's about the Houston Astros tonight and our fans. We're coming home a champion, Houston."Springer's homer capped a three-run second inning and pushed the
Astros' tally for the Series to 15, breaking the World Series record of
14 set by San Francisco Giants in 2002Springer had led off the first with a double off Darvish and scored
the first of two runs in the inning on a throwing error by Dodgers first
baseman Cody Bellinger.

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